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5 Things in Your Makeup Bag That Might Be Making You Ill

October 10th, 2016 | Posted by Editor in Beauty and Style

We know how much you love using the mascara and red lipstick that you’ve been keeping in your beauty arsenal for more than a year now, but maybe it’s time you get rid of them and purchase yourself some new tubes. Although it may not seem like it, your makeup bag is hiding products that can be hazardous to your health. Products that might be contaminated with germs or contains scary chemicals that are linked with birth defects, cancer and respiratory illnesses. Worry not though, since we’ve listed your go-to cosmetics that might be hiding some serious health threats.


  1. Mascara

We understand how your mascara can be complete lifesavers when it comes to making your lashes look longer, but do know that you should replace it every four months. Using your mascara for too long will only cause it to generate bacteria build-up, putting you at risk of acquiring severe eye infections. It’s one of the makeup products with the shortest shelf life, and you definitely wouldn’t want to risk using your old and grimy wand near your eye area.

  1. Lipstick

Although our favourite lippies appear to last forever, there official guideline for replacement is up to 18 months only. Storing them in the fridge will slow the breakdown of essential oils and parabens that prevent bacteria, but even products with these preventive measures can retain germs that cause cold sores and spots. Also, if your lipstick starts to change in consistency and colour, then it’d be best to throw them in the trash bin.

  1. Eyeliner

While eyeliners are less of a hassle to clean, they’re still not immune from any risk – similar with your mascara, having them replaced for a long time will cause them to spread infection and damage your vision. To avoid this from happening, stop using your liner on your inner lash line, and replace them after every 18 months.


  1. Foundation

A foundation should last for a year, but if you’re dipping your fingers into the product, then it’d be best to replace them after every six months. If your foundation appears to be causing some irritation on your skin, consider visiting your dermatologist and swapping to a different brand and formula.

  1. Makeup Brushes

These beauty tools carry the most germs as you use them all over your face. If you’re planning to make one change, then we recommend washing your brushes regularly and storing them in a germ-free case. It’d also be a good idea to invest in a sanitizing mist for your brush to avoid worsening acne and other skin problems.

Your makeup products always help in making you look your best, so it’s important that you show the same care for your beauty tools. Make sure that you only store clean and new products on your makeup arsenal to keep any skin problems from occurring.

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